Psalm 98: 1-9

New Resources

  • Music

    by Frederick Buechner
  • Easter 6B (2021)

    by Nancy deClaissé-Walford
  • Exegesis (Psalm 98)

    by Richard Donovan
  • Sermon Starters (Easter 6B)(2021)

    by Scott Hoezee
    When Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., wrote his award-winning book Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be, he got the inspiration for the book’s title from a scene early in the Lawrence Kasdan movie Grand Canyon. A well-to-do white man named Mack has his Lexus breakdown in a Los Angeles neighborhood where one most definitely never wanted to be stranded. Predictably he is soon accosted by some gang members who threaten his life and are preparing to jack his car. Just then Simon shows up, an African-American tow truck driver who makes it clear that gang intimidation or no, he is going to tow this car away and take the driver safely with him. As you can see in this compilation scene, eventually Simon tells the gang members that “everything is supposed to be different than what it is.” Wise words. And true. Things are out of plumb. Injustices abound and go unchecked. Maybe that is why the idea that a good and loving God is going to come by and by and judge all things really is precisely the motivation for praising God that Psalm 98 claims it to be.
  • Cantate Domino

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
  • Easter 6B (2021)

    by Randy Owens
  • Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
    Speaking of Shakespeare, I don’t know if you are aware of this, but Sir Edward Elgar is the composer behind “Pomp and Circumstance,” which was named after a line from William Shakespeare’s “Othello.” Sir Edward composed the song in 1901, and the march was intended for the coronation of King Edward VII. When Elgar received an honorary doctorate from Yale University in 1905, the march was played in his honour as a recessional. Once Yale used the march, other universities began to play the march as well. Eventually it became the trendy thing to do and “Pomp and Circumstance” became forever ingrained in graduation custom.

Resources from 2017 to 2020

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  • Proper 28C (2019)

    by Walter Bouzard
  • Easter 6B (2018)

    by Nancy deClaissé-Walford
  • Easter 6B (2018)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Proper 28C (2019)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Sermon Starters (Proper 28C)(2019)

    by Scott Hoezee
    When Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., wrote his award-winning book Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be, he got the inspiration for the book’s title from a scene early in the Lawrence Kasdan movie Grand Canyon. A well-to-do white man named Mack has his Lexus breakdown in a Los Angeles neighborhood where one most definitely never wanted to be stranded. Predictably he is soon accosted by some gang members who threaten his life and are preparing to jack his car. Just then Simon shows up, an African-American tow truck driver who makes it clear that gang intimidation or no, he is going to tow this car away and take the driver safely with him. As you can see in this compilation scene, eventually Simon tells the gang members that “everything is supposed to be different than what it is.” Wise words. And true. Things are out of plumb. Injustices abound and go unchecked. Maybe that is why the idea that a good and loving God is going to come by and by and judge all things really is precisely the motivation for praising God that Psalm 98 claims it to be.
  • Quack Like a Duck: Singing in the Rain

    by Kimberly Jackson
    I always know if it's raining because the usual morning farm sounds are absent. The goats stay in and the chickens hold off on their singing. Even Arnold prefers to sleep in. At first, I will only hear the sound of rain. It's as if the animals have made some secret pact to never speak on rainy mornings. But, then, when I listen a little closer and with a bit more focus, I can hear the sound of birds. The sounds are not melodic like the early morning songs of a nightingale, but I'm clear that my four ducks, are in fact, singing songs. While every other animal takes cover in the sheer distaste for rain - the ducks waddle their way to the farthest edge of the property. They find the biggest puddles in the entire yard, and they make a joyful noise! They quack in a cacophony of delight and joy as water anoints their feathers and washes over their wings...
  • Christmas (A)(2019)

    by Rolf Jacobson
  • Easter 6B (2018)

    by Stan Mast
    In a similar vein, I am haunted by a scene from a new bestselling debut novel, Lilac Girls. It follows three young women through the devastation of World War II. One is an American socialite who devotes herself to aiding people who are suffering around the world. A second is a German doctor who conducts horrific experiments on Polish girls in Ravensbruck. The last is one of those Polish girls who is hobbled for life by one of that doctor’s savage surgeries. Toward the end of the book, after the war is over, the Polish girl travels through a war-ravaged Poland to confront that German doctor. Even 10 years after the war, Poland is in shambles—buildings in ruins, streets filled with potholes and craters from bombs, farms covered with weeds, the people still in bondage (though to a new power, the Soviet Union). Even after the Nazis have been defeated, there is no victory. Righteousness and equity are totally absent in that brave new world. And so it is and ever will be, until the King returns to make all things new.
  • Christmas Day (ABC)

    by Kate Matthews
  • Easter 6B (2018)

    by Randy Owens
  • Christmas Day (ABC)

    by Karen Georgia Thompson
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  • Sing to the LORD

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson

Resources from 2015 and 2016

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Resources from 2011 to 2014

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Resources from the Archives

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Children's Resources

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The Classics

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